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Today's Mine Action News (13th December 2016)

Posted on December, 13 2016


U.S. Assistance Lets Children Play Without Fear of Landmines
[Dip Note - US Department of State Blog] In Tshopo province in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), a peaceful game of soccer can be potentially life-threatening despite the seemingly picturesque surroundings.

Mozambique Declared Free from Cluster Munitions
[NPA] 1,3 million Square metres, 144 Cluster Bomblets, 50 Antipersonnel Mines and 23 UXOs: Norwegian People’s Aid is proud to announce that we have finished clearing cluster munitions in Mozambique. This happens only a year after Mozambique was declared free of landmines in September 2015. 

Somalia: Two People Dead in Kismayo Restaurant Landmine Explosion
[All Africa - Dalsan Radio] A landmine hidden in a restaurant at Dalxiis village in Kismayo town on Sunday night, killing two people who were eating a dinner and wounded at least six others, witness have told Radio Dalsan over the phone.

Sudan: Two Children Die in North Darfur UXO Blast
[All Africa - Radio Dabanga] Two children were killed in Tawila locality in North Darfur on Sunday when a remnant of war detonated. 

Sudan: Ambassador of Japan Visits Kassala State to Stand On Japanese Funded Projects
[All Africa - Sudan News Agency] In a press release issued by Japanese embassy " H.E. Mr. Hideki Ito, the Ambassador of Japan to Sudan, visited Kassala State to stand on the Japanese funded projects.


Why Canada should rethink its stance on nuclear arms
[Hills Times] Somewhat paradoxically, as humanity has developed ever more effective ways to wage war, we have also established a significant body of international law that limits the means and methods of engaging in armed conflict, leading to the partial or full prohibition of numerous weapons.


Cambodia Leads Pack for Landmine Clearance Efforts
[Phnom Penh Post] Cambodia has cleared more square kilometres of landmines than any other country over the past year, according to a new report by the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, but is still unlikely to meet its goals in coming years.

Aid Groups Confront Landmines, Ethnic Tensions in Mosul Conflict
[PBS Newshour] Tens of thousands of Iraqis are fleeing the brutal battle to retake Mosul from Islamic State fighters. And aid agencies are finding they need to navigate ethnic tensions, along with booby trapped terrain, in their efforts to help.

UNIFIL Chief Inspects Mine Clearance Work
[UNIFIL] The demined path to one of the most recently agreed Blue Line points in Blida, south Lebanon, is wide and clearly marked. Even so, UNIFIL’s Head of Mission and Force Commander, Major-General Michael Beary, must wear a protective vest and helmet with a visor before inspecting it.


Ukraine: The Lasting Impact of Landmines on Civilians
[Al Jazeera] What Konstantine Zarubin and his childhood friend Edek didn't realise that summer evening two years ago, was that the quarry in their hometown they were about to climb through had just been littered with landmines.


A Real Difference: Leading the Fight to Eliminate Landmines
[Japan Times] Ever since Agnes Marcaillou became director of the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) in 2012, she has been motivated every day by the direct impact of her mission on the people she works for.

「多くの女性が危険地に行くことも厭いません」 国連地雷対策サービス部トップのマカイユ氏に聞く
[Huffington Post Japan] 国連で地雷除去や住民向けの安全教育を手がける「PKO局地雷対策サービス部(UNMAS)」のアニエス・マカイユ部長(58)が11月中旬、来日してハフィントンポストのインタビューに応じた。

Landmine Treaty Meeting Concludes with Advances in Stockpile Destruction, 158 Countries No Longer Hold Anti-Personnel Stockpiles
[APMBC] The Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention's Fifteenth Meeting of the States Parties (15MSP) has concluded a week of work in Santiago, Chile, recording success in stockpile destruction with Poland announcing it had destroyed one million stockpiled landmines bringing to 158 the number of States that no longer hold stocks. 

My Perspective: Photojournalist Giles Duley on People on War
[ICRC] For a decade I've worked as a photographer documenting the devastating effects of war on civilians. From Angola to Gaza, Iraq to Cambodia, I've witnessed how modern warfare destroys bodies, minds and lives. 

Landmine Monitor 2016
[Landmine and Cluster Munition Monitor] Released 22 November 2016, this report focuses on calendar year 2015, with information included up to November 2016 when possible.


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